There are two predictable events in TSTO every year, Halloween and Christmas. They’re generally two events guaranteed to excite tappers and get everyone talking about TSTO. Well, it’s officially Halloween in Springfield, and with it arrived Vampires and garlic…lots and lots of garlic…as we return to the traditional monster filled Halloween in TSTO.
As with all events in Springfield, this one comes chock full of premium characters and questlines! So let’s take a look at the Turbo Tappin’ Version of those premium questlines now.
OK. So yes…I am going to admit that I have a bit of a thing for hot cartoon ladies. Maybe it was seeing “Fritz the Cat” in my formative years…or maybe I just appreciate a well-shaped leg. But, whatever it is, I have been clear with my appreciation of the female cartoon form in TSTO…
Fem Fatale…Marge…Miss Springfield…and several others, including the obvious…Booberella (she has boooooooobs!) are all part of what makes me smile in this game. It’s harmless. I’m not “cheating” on Deb, or trying to marginalize these character’s other contributions to society. And to be fair, there are plenty of “hunks” in the game for others who like hunks, to drool over.
So…yes…if I zoom in on the Countess…as she bobs around her victims…her gown flowing in the wind (where does that wind come from anyway? It’s like Favio…he always has wind blowing around his swirling head of blond locks)…you get the picture. And I am happy that Countess Dracula is now part of our game!
Yes. There is that little bit about being “eternally part of the world of the living dead” if she takes a bite. But, at least for this event, the curse is reversible.
You have her, or you want her… let’s dig into the details.
I’m not going to lie (and you should never trust someone who starts a sentence with “I’m not going to lie!”), this is really a silly item that is barely worth the tapping to get it.
I honestly have no idea why the designers/programmers thought that this would be a great addition to Halloween…but, here it is.
I get it. The concept is creepy. But for those of us at or nearing retirement age, the idea of being “cocooned” for eternity is just plain weird. Unless of course, you are talking about the way the codgers in the movie “Cocoon” were treated (swimming with hot aliens in a pool that reversed the aging process). But, I digress…
OK. I get it. If you are going to do a parody or a pun…or even worse, a bad parody and a bad pun, you might as well go all of the way. And this prize does.
It’s actually from an episode…the Treehoouse of Horrors that came out around the same time that the Horror Film (at least for me) La La Land, came out. It’s from Season 21, and the segment is called, “Tweenlight.” Yes. Another play on the “Twilight” movies. Equally awful as La La Land.
According to the WIKI- Dracula-la Land is a neighborhood of Springfield where everyone is a vampire, or at least looks like one.
“Homer and Count Dracula drove into Dracula-la Land searching for their children (Lisa and Edmund), who had run off together. After a brief search, which included asking Count von Count if he’d seen the kids, Dracula spotted Edmund carrying Lisa up the side of a bell tower.”
OK then. And then they dance and sing? Man. I really hated that movie. Bad dancing. Bad singing. Silly story. But, I digress…
Boom! And just like that, we are thrown back into the world of old school vampires, and mummies, and werewolves! Oh My!
I have loads of questions about mummies, but we won’t get there for quite some time. So, perhaps I’ll just stick with what we DO have…an old school look at Dracula (and family) from a Simpsons perspective.
We are going to get a ton of Old School Dracula stuff. And by “old school” I mean the good old kind of vampire that flies around like a bat, wears a cape, and doesn’t so much like the sun. These are not the kind we have seen in the silly, violent, over-sexed modern day vampires we see in TV and movies these days. And let’s be honest…when you start your career like Robert Pattinson, with a hacky, horrible movie like “Twilight,” you are pretty much doomed to be the “cute guy with fangs” for the rest of your life. It is WAY better to make your mark as an older, wiser, Transylvanian Dracula, like Bela Lugosi. No type casting there! But, I digress…
I am going get on my high grandpa horse (which isn’t so high since he had a hoof replacement a few years back) and tell you why the modern day version of horror films can’t stand up to the greats of yesteryear!
I’ll wait for you to stop rolling your eyes…still waiting…still waiting… OK. Just CLOSE your eyes and listen.
Back in the days of black and white TV, and three channels, and a broken channel changer that meant you had to change the channel with needle nose pliers (I didn’t say that everything was better back then), I was introduced to one of the funniest, and creepiest movies I had ever seen (I was seven at the time…so creepy and funny were still pretty new to me).
This movie was the best of its kind (as I was to find out later), and ironically was a “Greatest Hits” homage to tons of movies that I had yet to discover. And, even more ironic, is in many ways the basis of THIS VERY UPDATE!!!
Let’s start by admitting a couple of things. First of all…YES…This Event is just like every other event in recent history. It looks a lot harder than it really is…but it is made a bit more difficult by the HUGE NUMBER OF GLITCHES (some real, some perceived) that come with every update from EA. It is another SNAFU (Situation Normal All FREAKED Up!).
That said. I also admit to having none of the major glitches that are being reported. My game isn’t “laggy” and I am already ahead of the calendar, with hardly a donut dropped (except on a couple of Premium Items that only kinda help).
So…How Did I Do It??? What’s The Secret Math? What makes me the Master of This Update???? Continue reading →
The wait is over and now we are back to the grinding!
This early in a major event, there is no way to know if EA has made any huge changes or not…like how many items we are going to be allowed to place before we hit the limits again…or how much land they’ll give us to place the HUGE list of stuff we see coming down the pike. But, you CAN bet that there will be a lot of grinding.
And, if you WANT IT ALL you are going to have to drop some donuts (purchased or farmed) over the next six weeks (yes, this one is “shorter” than a few others we have had).
And…yes…because so many of you complained about the “Do It Yourself” Calendar I did at the end of the last event (which some of you also loved) I am willing to compromise, and combine the “Artistic Freedom” of the big calendar, and the “convenient simplicity” of the digital calendar…into one calendar of function and beauty.
Here is that calendar, and all of the numbers you need to stay on track with the main prize track!
It’s update Wednesday! Woohoo! Who’s excited for all new content in TSTO? After all that downtime (seriously was a SLOW second half of September) everyone should be excited for something…anything to hit our games!
Well…that something has arrived! It’s officially Halloween in our pocket-sized towns! Ghosts, goblins, werewolves, mummies, vampires and more! Bring on the pumpkins, murky water, fall foliage and grind fest..Treehouse of Horrors here we come!
Remember this was an app store update that hit our games YESTERDAY. So if you didn’t download the update check your app store for it now…we’ll wait. (if you don’t see it listed in your update section try searching the store for Tapped Out)
Now on with the update, more details below the fold…
This auto starts with dialogue from Dracula, followed by a 6s task for Springfielders and a 6s task for Dracula if you have him. After this you’ll have a 6s task for Ned…
P.S. I’ve noticed my game is very laggy…not sure if it’s just because much is initially going on or a flaw in the game. We’ll know soon enough
Note: As always, I’ll be updating this post frequently while I play through the event myself. So keep checking back today for all of the details on Act 1…
It’s update day! Yes, later today (as in 10am ET, so about 3.5 hrs from now) we should see Halloween hit our games…it’s not live yet.
Remember, this is an APP STORE update, and the update hit app stores yesterday. So if you haven’t updated yet you’ll need to check your App Stores for the update. (if you don’t see it try hard closing your app store and restarting your device. Also, try searching tapped out. Sometimes it doesn’t appear in the update list)
There’s no significant prep to worry about for this event, just remember to keep certain characters free (listed in this spoiler post) for event tasks.
We’ll be back at 10am ET with the Act 1 details until then treat this post as an Open Thread to ask “is it here yet? is it here yet?”…. 😉